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using cook library s online resources for engl 300 part 1 the reference paper

Using Cook Library’s Online Resources for ENGL 300Part 1: The Reference Paper

Rick Davis

Liaison Librarian for English

goal of today s session
Goal of Today’s Session
  • Review how to use Cook Library’s online resources to answer Reference Paper questions. You will be using these online resources in addition to the print resources that Dr. Hahn will describe to you.
  • In our second library session we will discuss how to use the research databases to find scholarly sources appropriate for your Research Paper.
online resources for reference paper
Online Resources for Reference Paper
  • Cook Library & USMAI Combined Catalogs
  • Cook Library Journal List
  • Literature Resource Ctr/Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • WorldCat
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO)
  • Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
cook library subject gateway english1
Cook Library Subject Gateway: English

Contact me to arrange an Individual Research Consultation

interlibrary loan services
Interlibrary Loan Services
  • Create a free ILLiad account to receive PDFs of articles from journals not owned/subscribed to by Cook, or to receive books not owned by Cook or other USMAI libraries
  • Journal article PDFs are usually provided within 5 business days; books can take 10-14 days
  • More info at: http://cooklibrary.towson.edu/ill.cfm
academic libraries use lc classification
Academic Libraries Use LC Classification
  • Public libraries and school libraries use the Dewey Decimal System to classify and shelve materials
  • Academic libraries use Library of Congress Classification

Dewey call number:

Juv Fic .C7132hu

LC call number:

PS3603.O557 H936 2008

Image source:

www.suzannecollinsbooks.com

elements of an lc call number
Elements of an LC Call Number

LC call number:

PS3603.O557 H936 2008

PS3603 – American literature—Individual authors—2001-

(Last name beginning with C)

.O557 – Collins, Suzanne

H936 – Hunger Games

2008 – Year of Edition

Image source:

www.suzannecollinsbooks.com

lc classification shelf order
LC Classification Shelf Order
  • LC Classification, like Dewey, is a decimal system. For example, the following is the correct shelf order:
  • PR1221
  • .B6
  • PR1221
  • .B77
  • PR1221
  • .B8
  • PR1221
  • .C26
  • PR1221
  • .C8

PR1221: English literature—Collections of English literature—Poetry—By period—

19th century—General collections

lc classification shelf order1
LC Classification Shelf Order
  • Adding a zero to bring numbers to the same number of decimal places will help:
  • PR1221
  • .B6
  • PR1221
  • .B60
  • PR1221
  • .B77
  • PR1221
  • .B77
  • PR1221
  • .B8
  • PR1221
  • .B80
  • PR1221
  • .C26
  • PR1221
  • .C26
  • PR1221
  • .C8
  • PR1221
  • .C80

Boynton, ed. Buckley, ed. Buckley, ed. Campbell Canning

library of congress classification
Library of Congress Classification

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Congress_Classification

finding print materials in cook library
Finding Print Materials in Cook Library
  • 5th floor:
    • Books and bound journals classified with call numbers beginning A through M
    • Juvenile materials (shelved under Dewey Decimal call numbers)
    • Archives and Special Collections
finding print materials in cook library1
Finding Print Materials in Cook Library
  • 4th floor:
    • Books and bound journals classified with call numbers beginning N through Z
    • P: Language & Literature
        • PN: Literature (General)
        • PR: English literature
          • PR3291-PR3785: English literature—17th and 18th centuries
        • PS: American literature
finding print materials in cook library2
Finding Print Materials in Cook Library
  • 3rd floor:
    • Reference materials (dictionaries, encyclopedias, chronologies, handbooks, geographical dictionaries, atlases, etc.)
    • Non-circulating materials—for in-library use only
    • An increasing number of reference works are now only available as e-books—check the library catalog!
finding print materials in cook library3
Finding Print Materials in Cook Library
  • 2nd floor: Periodicals Room
    • Single, unbound recent issues of print journals, shelved alphabetically by title
    • Issues older than approximately 1 year are bound into volumes, assigned call numbers, then shelved by subject on 4th and 5th floors

Recent single issues of these and other literature journals available on 2nd Floor

2 nd floor microfilm and microfiche ref paper questions 3c and 8b
2nd Floor: Microfilm and Microfiche(Ref Paper Questions 3c and 8b)

Question 3c: Two series of facsimile editions available on microfiche: Library of English Literature and Library of American Civilization

Question 8b: London Times available on microfilm (1785-present)

Ask at Periodicals Desk for help finding microfilm/microfiche and using the equipment

facsimile editions also available in print book format in 4 th floor stacks ref paper question 13a
Facsimile Editions Also Available in Print (Book) Format in 4th Floor Stacks (Ref Paper Question 13a)

Search the Cook Library Catalog for these series:

  • Foundations of the Novel
    • 64 titles shelved on 4th floor under PN6014.F6
  • Flowering of the Novel
    • 109 titles shelved on 4th floor, primarily in PR-PS ranges
  • Romantic Context: Poetry
    • 117 titles shelved on 4th floor, primarily in PR range
two online resources for basic background info on your author ref paper question 1a
Two online resources for basic background info on your author – Ref Paper Question 1a
  • Literature Resource Center
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Both linked from the English Subject Gateway page

Look under section titled Other Databases and Electronic Resources

worldcat
WorldCat
  • WorldCat is the largest library catalog in the world, listing the holdings for more than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries worldwide
  • It’s a good source to find out if anything on a given topic has ever been published
  • Titles not owned by any USMAI libraries can be requested via Interlibrary Loan
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Link to WorldCat from the Cook Library Catalogs page:

Note: Use the WorldCat link, not WorldCat TU

worldcat1
WorldCat
  • Search using authorized form of author’s name
  • Use the Library of Congress Subject Heading Subdivisions handout to search by the proper term
    • Question 3a – Bibliography = Subject
    • Question 3d – Concordances = Subject
    • Question 3e - Correspondence = Subject

However, note that a primary or secondary bibliography or a checklist may be the best source for some answers under Questions 3

worldcat2
WorldCat

Rep Paper Q2 – Two most recent books of literary criticism or monographs on author or main work

[Author name] = Subject

and

Criticism and interpretation = Subject

Limit type to: Books

Rank by: Date

worldcat sample search a bibliography on william blake
WorldCat Sample Search:A bibliography on William Blake

Remember to enter names in inverted form: last name, first name

worldcat sample search a bibliography on william blake results page
WorldCat Sample Search:A bibliography on William Blake – results page

This icon means Cook owns a copy

Look here to see how many libraries own the book

oxford english dictionary ref paper question 13a
Oxford English Dictionary(Ref Paper Question 13a)
  • Also linked from the English Subject Gateway page (or click here)
  • Use to check how a word’s meaning and usage has changed over time
oxford english dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary

Enter word in Quick Search box and click Go

oxford english dictionary1
Oxford English Dictionary

Click here for historical timeline, timeline of quotations, etc.

Scroll down to read definitions on this page…

mla international bibliography
MLA International Bibliography
  • Indexes the contents of more than 4,400 scholarly journals and books from more than 1,000 publishers—ten times the total content of all four JSTOR Arts & Sciences databases!
  • Coverage goes back to the early 20th century, with over 2.1 million records provided
  • MLAIB is the authoritative record of scholarship in literature, folklore, modern languages and linguistics—any scholarly research project in literature should involve a thorough search of this database
  • Access it via the English Subject Gateway page or the Cook Research Databases page
  • Do NOT use the Linked Full Text limiter in your searches, since this will drastically reduce your results!
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Cook Library Reference Titles for Selecting an Historical Event in Your Work’s Year of Publication(Ref Paper Question 8a)
  • Black, Jeremy, and Roy Porter, eds. The Penguin Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century History. London: Penguin, 1996. (See chronology appendix at back of book.)

Location: Reference – 3rd floor – D286 .D53 1996

  • Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History. New York: Touchstone, 2005.

Location: Reference – 3rd floor – D11 .G78 2005

  • Mellersh, H.E.L. Chronology of World History. 4 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1999. (See especially vol. 2: The Expanding World, 1492-1775 and vol. 3: The Changing World, 1776-1900, both by Neville Williams.)

Location: Reference – 3rd floor – D11 .M39 1999

Once you have selected an event, search in Historical Abstracts database for a scholarly article or book about that event (see following slides)

historical abstracts
Historical Abstracts
  • Use this database to find scholarly historical articles or books on a great national event in the year or decade of your author’s major work
  • Access it via the Cook Research Databases page
historical abstracts sample search
Historical Abstracts:Sample Search

Further optional search limiters

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Locating book reviews of scholarly books using Humanities Abstracts and Historical Abstracts(Ref Paper Question 4d)

Sample book that I want to find reviews for:

Withers, Charles W. J. Placing the Enlightenment: Thinking Geographically About the Age of Reason. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2007. Print.

locating book reviews of scholarly books using humanities abstracts and historical abstracts
Locating book reviews of scholarly books using Humanities Abstracts and Historical Abstracts

Click here to choose multiple EBSCO databases and search them simultaneously

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Check the boxes next to both Historical Abstracts and Humanities Abstracts, then click OK

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…Scroll down page to add Document Type (DT) limiters for each database

(note that Historical Abstracts uses the DT “Book Review,” while Humanities Abstracts uses the DT “Review article.” ). Then click Search.

Step 2

Note: You must be on the Advanced Search page to see the DT limiters for both databases

Step 3

Step 4

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9 reviews found. Note that results page will show how many records were retrieved from each database you searched.